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N 1.8K B 56.7K C 135 E Aug 18, 2017 F Sep 17, 2017
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Nankoweap Overlook on the East Rim of the Grand Canyon. This is an remote undeveloped area along the western margin of the Navajo Nation and along the East Rim of the Grand Canyon. There are many miles/km of dirt roads and tracks to reach this site, but most of them are flat and in good condition. In 3 days of scouting and 3 nights of shooting I encountered 0 people. You do need a Navajo permit to travel in this area.

This is a blend of 2 images taken back to back from the same spot, a 240 sec. image of the foreground at 14 mm, f 2.0, and ISO 2500 with long exposure noise reduction (LENR), and a sky image taken at 20 sec., 14mm, f 2.0, and ISO 12,800 and blended in PS.
In my opinion the river views along this part of the canyon are much better than on the South or North Rims. The light pollution is from the South Rim and tourist area many miles away.

One perplexing note - the area is on the edge of the Navajo Nation which uses Daylight Savings Time, and Arizona which does not use DST. If you are using your smartphone for planning Milky Way shots (example TPE, Photopillls, PlanIt) and you leave your phone on "Auto Time Zone", strange things will happen. You can walk 10 ft., 3 m, and your time zone will change, and sometimes the time and time zone will change back in forth standing in one place. You start wondering "what time is it really?", and "just what time zone did I plan for?". I marked times to be in certain spots and then had no idea what time it really was, lol. Advice: pick a time zone and take your phone off auto before you ever get there! Cheers, Wayne

For more images like this please take a look at Wayne Pinkston Photography .

Thanks for all the kind support! Hope you enjoy! A big thank you to the wonderful Flickr family. It's a pleasure to post here.

Tags:   grand canyon colorado river east rim east rim grand canyon navajo nankoweap overlook night sky night sky night photography night landscape nightscape wayne pinkston waynepinkstonphoto.com lightcrafter lightcrafter.com star stars starry night milky way galaxy cosmos landscape astrophotography astronomy wide field astrophotography nikon wide angle the heavens astrophotography

N 530 B 6.7K C 50 E Jun 15, 2017 F Sep 12, 2017
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Panorama of Canyon de Chelly in Chinle, Arizona, taken from one of the viewpoints on the Southern Rim. I had never seen a night photo from the rim of the canyon so I wanted to give it a try. There was so much light pollution that I did not expect this to be successful, and left disappointed after trying panoramas from several viewpoints. When I processed it, the image was more successful than expected, and the light pollution actually adds more color to the photo.

For more images like this please take a look at Wayne Pinkston Photography .

Thanks for all the kind support! Hope you enjoy! A big thank you to the wonderful Flickr family. It's a pleasure to post here.

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N 763 B 6.3K C 144 E Aug 23, 2017 F Sep 9, 2017
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White Pocket, Az. This is a highly eroded and sculpted landscape in Northern Arizona. There are dramatic bands of different colored rock creating layers and swirls within the areas of erosion. The primary colors are variations of red, yellow, and white. The surface is rippled in many areas, and I tried using Low Level Lighting to accent the textured surface. Accenting the surface actually took away from the bands of color, and I finally decided that the colors were more important, and captured the foreground with long exposures of approximately 5 minutes, and the sky with 20 second exposures. This creates a flatter image, but captures the colors well. The 2 were blended in PS.

For more images like this please take a look at Wayne Pinkston Photography .

Thanks for all the kind support! Hope you enjoy! A big thank you to the wonderful Flickr family. It's a pleasure to post here.

N 662 B 8.7K C 87 E Aug 16, 2017 F Sep 3, 2017
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This is a photo on the East Rim of the Grand Canyon near the confluence of the Colorado and the Little Colorado Rivers. This lies in the Navajo Nation and you need a permit to go here. Permits can be purchased in nearby Cameron, Az. This is the site that is involved in the "Grand Canyon Escalade" bill, a bill that proposes to built tourist resort and a tram gondola down into the canyon, at the confluence of the 2 rivers. In this photo the Little Colorado is hidden behind the rock to the left. As you might expect, there has been a great deal of disagreement and discussion about the bill in the Navajo Nation. Many of the council members oppose the bill. The bill was defeated but there are signs it make reemerge with some changes. The project would include a hotel, visitors center, and a parking lot on the rim. There would be a tram gondola down to the canyon floor at the rivers confluence, a cafe near the rivers, and a river walk.

The area currently is deserted pristine land. You have to drive 20-30 miles (30-50 km) down dirt roads to reach the site. There literally hundreds of miles of dirt roads around the East Rim covering a vast area. There are multiple spectacular viewpoints looking over the Colorado and Little Colorado Rivers, and the river views, in my opinion, are better than from the North or South Rims.

In 3 full days of scouting and 3 full nights of shooting I did not encounter a single human. There are quite a few free ranging horses and a few cattle. I also encountered a few coyote. Note - If you go there you will be a long way from help, so take plenty of water and gas.

This is the site of the proposed Escalade, but there are actually better views of the 2 rivers, which I will post soon.

By the way, this is a single exposure taken with the new Sigma 14 mm f/1.8 lens, taken at f 1.8, 25 seconds, and ISO 12,800. I would now have been able to get this detail within the dark canyon without the wide aperture, at least not in a single exposure.

For more images like this please take a look at Wayne Pinkston Photography .

Thanks for all the kind support! Hope you enjoy! A big thank you to the wonderful Flickr family. It's a pleasure to post here.

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N 760 B 12.4K C 149 E May 20, 2017 F Aug 12, 2017
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The Totem Pole, Monument Valley, Utah.

I am planning to lead a Landscape Astrophotography workshop in Monument Valley in June 2018, a 3 day workshop on June 7, 8, and 9 (Thursday through Saturday), and potentially a 4 day workshop June 11 through 14 inclusive. Sunday, June 10 (the in-between day) will be a "bonus day" for any participant who wants another night of shooting. So you can get in 4 nights of shooting in the first workshop and 5 nights in the second. I am trying to judge interest to determine whether to add the second workshop. Max of 6 participants in each workshop. Let me know you if you are interested in the comments below. Comments are non-binding, lol. This workshop will be run by Worldpix, a charity organization, and all profits will go to charity, so your participation will be helping a good cause. I will be donating my time in leading the workshop. The idea is to have fun doing photography and aide a good cause at the same time. We will cover planning night shoots, photographing the Milky Way (and landscape at night), Low Level Lighting, and processing Milky Way photos, with emphasis on single exposure acquisitions. Cheers, Wayne

For more images like this please take a look at Wayne Pinkston Photography .

Thanks for all the kind support! Hope you enjoy! A big thank you to the wonderful Flickr family. It's a pleasure to post here.

Tags:   monument valley totem pole utah hoodoo night sky night sky night landscape night photography nightscape wayne pinkston waynepinkstonphoto.com lightcrafter lightcrafter.com stars stsrry night milky way galaxy cosmos the heavens stargazing astronomy astrophotography landscape astrophotography wide field astrophotography nikon


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